Post 171 06OCT2014 CARLETON PLACE Charles Phan Hoang MISSISSIPPI RIVER
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CARLETON PLACE at MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Text and Pictures
Charles Phan Hoang
POST 171, October 06, 2014
CARLETON PLACE at
Carleton Place is a picturesque old town sit right at a side of the Mississippi River. In this Post 171 I’d like to share with you some pictures of this nice place I love.
A small town, less than ten thousand souls, one nice street full of good restaurants and traditional shops, a number of old buildings with distinguished architectural design, two museums, many flowers, one romantic bridge, and one empty jail… what’s more could I mention to justify my pleasant visit to this place.
What does it make a place attractive to me? I can’t answer, and I often do not need an answer for that. My feeling comes first when I am visiting a place, and the finding for the reasons arrives after, much later or never.
I think people like visiting old towns because deep in our souls there is an instinct which links us to the past. Walking in an old town is living backward and enjoying the discovery of forgotten things.
In Carleton Place one could find friendly people who take time to tell you stories of their town, the roots of the first people established here, the time during the World War II, their local hero they venerate –the pilot Captain A. Roy Brown. In the shops people treat us in a courteous and natural way we could hardly find it nowadays in big cities where the smiling faces of most sale persons bear the clear seal of marketing thought although this is not bad.
You will enjoy seeing through the pictures I am pasting here, the beauty, the charm and even the soul of Carleton Place under this autumn season.
OH! I forgot to tell you that the Mississippi River I mentioned here is the one in Canada, not the great Mississippi River in the U.S.A. And I do confess when I heard its name in Canada for the first time my thought went back immediately to St Louis where I got to see the great Mississippi for the first time with the excitement and the naivety of a young man going around the world to visit famous places he learned at school, and wonder about the beauty of nature or the unexpected achievement of exceptional people. The giant Gateway Arch (192 meters) of St Louis, the legendary steamboats on Mississippi River all are still alive in my memory.
charles phan hoang, October 2014